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Newtown Textile Museum

Newtown Textile Museum

Workers cottages - now part of the Museum. Loom floors above
Newtown Textile Museum

Museum, free entry

5-7 Commercial Street,
Newtown,
Powys,
SY16 2BL

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Details

The Textile Museum is situated at 5-7 Commercial Street in Newtown and will re-open on 3rd May 2022.

The Textile Museum building is a fine example of a typical early 19th century weaving shop. Originally there were six back-to-back cottages on the two lower floors, with two loom floors running the length of the building above . The six cottages would have housed a family each. Over the years many of these families would have worked in the weaving shop on the two floors above, either as handloom weavers or with associated work.

The museum has one floor is dedicated to showing looms, spinning wheels and the processes involved in turning fleece into flannel. The top floor has exhibits of local businesses including Pryce Jones, one of the early pioneers in mail order. There are also displays of the businesses of the town over the centuries. The lower floors show recreated rooms, and further information on the history of the town and its people.

The Museum can provide a speaker to local groups, to talk about Hand-loom weaving and Newtown's boom and bust in the 1800s or similar topics.

CHANGING NEWTOWN - PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION
A major transformation of Newtown occurred in the last decades of the twentieth century, expanding the town and redeveloping the centre, as well as changing the course of the river to provide flood protection. The exhibition takes place between May - September 2022, shows photographs taken in the 1970s and modern images which document these changes.

SMALL GROUP TOURS
Small group tours are available in April and October as well as during the summer season.

Credit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsWelcome HostAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Museum is on four floors. Some uneven floors and low headroom Disability access is limited to ground floor, where some displays and an interactive display shows the story of the Museum.

Opening details

The Newtown Textile Museum is closed for the winter and will re-open on 3 May. Keep an eye on our web page for updated information on the re-opening dates and times. Small group tours are available in April and October as well as during the summer season.

Prices

Free entry

Free but donations please as entirely a volunteer organisation and self-funded.

Group Tours of 15 or less:

Introductory talk and tour of the building £35
Introductory talk and tour of the building, plus a demonstration £75

For groups of over 15 people, £2 a head is charged for each additional person.

Address

5-7 Commercial Street,
Newtown,
Powys,
SY16 2BL

Location and nearby places

Directions

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Map reference: SO 107919  Lat: 52.51815 Long: -3.31663

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By car: Limited free parking 1 hr on local streets. Town Car Park in Back Lane and Gravel car park with short walk over bridge and right at roundabout.

By public transport: Transport for Wales Trains. Also Buses to several destinations with bus stop in town centre. Sustrans cycle Route 81

Accessible by Public Transport: 0.5 miles from Newtown station

Facilities

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Museum is on four floors. Some uneven floors and low headroom Disability access is limited to ground floor, where some displays and an interactive display shows the story of the Museum.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)
    • YesHas steps and no ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users

Entrance

  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 5
      Number of steps to entrance
    • YesHandrail by steps
  • YesRamp to entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit

General

  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility

Notes

The Museum has two entrance doors that lead to Reception. The main entrance is direct from Commercial Street, with 5 steps and a threshold, with handrails. The second entrance is from the courtyard at the rear of the Museum. All visitors use the courtyard to gain access to the other parts of the Museum. The second entrance can be reached from a wide alley from Bryn Street, or through a passageway from Commercial Road. There is level access from the courtyard to the ground floor. The wheelchair friendly toilet is fully accessible with no steps. The Museum has no lift to the upper floors. The staircase has wide shallow steps with handrails on each side. Some floors are uneven (it is an old building) and some doorways are low. There is no cafe/restaurant at the museum.

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